School Admissions

 Important information for Parents and Carers

The national closing dates for submitting Primary & Secondary School online applications for September 2020 entry have now passed. Online applications via the Citizen Portal are no longer possible. If you have still not applied, you must now request a paper application form by emailing the School Admissions Team:

This page provides the main information for parents/carers about the processes for applying for a place at a school in Sefton. 

  • From September 2019 Ofsted is changing the way it inspects schools. Further information is available on the GOV.UK website.

Nursery Placements

If you are looking for Nursery provision for a child under school age, please go to where you can search for OFSTED registered nurseries and childminders in your local area. 

National Offer Day Information for Secondary School Places 2020

Monday 2nd March 2020 is National Offer day for the allocation of Secondary School places.

If you applied for your secondary school place online you will receive an email confirmation (if you requested to be notified by email). You can also log in to the citizen portal directly to view your offer information.

If you did not apply online, an offer letter will be posted on 2nd March which you should receive within two days.

Further information and frequently asked questions can be found on the Starting Primary or Secondary School in September 2020. Further information regarding submitting an Appeal for a school place can be found on the School Admission Appeals page. The National Offer Day for Primary School Places is on Thursday 16 April 2020.

Sefton Schools Admissions Information Guide 2020 21 (pdf 7.54MB)
In Year School Admission Application Form A1 (pdf 467KB)
In Year School Admissions A Guide For Parents (pdf 683KB)

If you are seeking a new school place for your child(ren) at a Sefton school, for reasons other than a house move, this is classed as a ‘School Transfer’ and the relevant information can be found below

In Year School Transfers A Guide For Parents (pdf 613KB)
In Year School Transfers Application Form T1 (pdf 553KB)

School Admission Appeals

If your child has been refused a place at a school by the Admission Authority (or via a Fair Access Panel decision), you have the right to submit an appeal against this decision, to an Independent Appeal Panel. You can find the relevant information on how to submit an appeal against this decision below:

Admission Appeals Timetable 2020 (pdf 384KB)
Admission Appeals Fact Sheet (pdf 331KB)

Further details will also be provided to you in the decision letter sent to you when your application has been processed (In Year Admissions) or on the National Offer Days for Primary & Secondary School Admissions.

Home to School Transport

If you think your child may be eligible for Home to School Transport please see the information and application forms below. 

Sefton Home To School Transport Policy 2019-20 (pdf 1.04MB)
Post 16 Transport Policy Statement 2019-20 (pdf 1.07MB)
School Pupil Travel Pass Application Form (word 184KB)

Applying for year 10 admission (to Technical Colleges / Studio Schools or 14-16 provision)

If you are considering applying for a place at a 14-16 College, Studio School & U.T.C Please ensure that apply for admission directly to the school/college concerned.  More information can be found using the link below

Yr 10 Admission to a UTC, Studio School or 14-16 provision 

School Admissions Policy and Reports

View the School Admissions Policy and Reports page which includes the 'Determined Admissions Arrangements for 2019-20 for Primary & Secondary Schools' and the 'Report to the Office of the Schools Adjudicator - 2019'. 

Last Updated on 27 February 2020